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Best Addresses : Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses - James M. Goode

Best Addresses

Century of Washington's Distinguished Apartment Houses

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1988
ISBN: 9780874744767
Number Of Pages: 624

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A century ago, the popularity of early Washington landmarks like Stoneleigh Court and the controversial Cairo (which, at a soaring twelve stories, shocked District officials into enacting the city's height limit) made it clear that apartment living was here to stay. By the 1920s, Beaux Art and Art Deco palaces offered residents all the luxuries of a first-class hotel: barbershops, ballrooms, rooftop terraces, and indoor pools. Soon other innovations in apartment living—the garden complex, the cooperative, and the mixed-use building—put Washington at the forefront of urban planning. Today the resurgence of the historic heart of the nation's capital has created an apartment boom rivaled only by that of the 1920s.

Through residents' personal recollections, original floor plans, and more than 690 photographs, Best Addresses offers an intimate tour behind the facades of 162 remarkable buildings. Some have already been destroyed or disfigured beyond repair, making their preservation here especially valuable, while others continue to set the standard for elegant living in the nation's capital.

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"Immensely fascinating . . . it's hard to put the book down."--Washington Post

"Goode's scholarly credentials are impeccable; but what makes you want to wallow in this book is his exuberant enthusiasm, his keen appreciation of not just architecture and history but human nature as well. He knows a good story when he hears one, and he shares it with his readers."--Washington Times

ISBN: 9780874744767
ISBN-10: 0874744768
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 1st December 1988
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.75 x 24.13  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 3.1

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